Here’s some good news for a change. That Oklahoma school district that had been the first to approve teaching a Bible course using a curriculum developed by Steve Green of Hobby Lobby, who openly said that the goal was to convert kids to Christianity, has now changed their mind and canceled the course.
An Oklahoma school district has decided not to implement a Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green, owner of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, that critics said was biased in favor of fundamentalist Christianity.
Earlier this year, Americans United warned Mustang Public Schools officials that the curriculum was problematic and its use in schools might spark litigation…
Yesterday attorneys with Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a joint freedom-of-information request with the Mustang schools, requesting various documents relating to the school board’s involvement with the curriculum. In response, the groups received an email from Superintendent Sean McDaniel reporting that the class has been cancelled.
“In summary, the topic of a Bible course in the Mustang School District is no longer a discussion item nor is there a plan to provide such a course in the foreseeable future,” McDaniel wrote. “All students who were pre-enrolled in the elective had their schedules changed to a Humanities course or they were afforded the opportunity to select another elective.”
McDaniel added that the district was supposed to have had an opportunity to review the final curriculum, but this did not happen. He also noted that the district had requested that Hobby Lobby agree to pay its legal expenses in the event of a lawsuit. Green refused, so the district decided to drop the proposed class.
So they told them not to worry, that the course is completely constitutional, but wouldn’t put their money where their mouth is. What a shock.